Planning a visit this summer. Interested in insightful ideas on most overwhelmingly beautiful & adventurous ways to see the parks.
Any climbing experience?
Without any partner, I had to stick mainly to trails or roads, but there are plenty of good peaks to climb, though. You can hike about Hurricane Ridge in the Olympics, although a tourist thing. There are other trails and sights to see, like the coast and the Hoh Rain Forest with its Glacier Meadow trail. Try visiting the NPS website for more of what they recommend.
Ditto with the North Cascades NP. There's what they say are strenuous trails to the lookouts, as Desolation L.O. and one other. Supposedly great views.
PNW SP'ers have info here on some of the peaks. The best ones all require glacier travel and some expertise.
I have some photos at my website to see what I saw passing through, quite quickly.